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Rudimentary Speculation!

Using characters from literature chapters to form a Fictional club, personal to each student, helping them achieve explorative milestones.

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To change the perception of Language/Literature/Social Sciences classes. These subjects are more about story telling and sharing. Understanding human motivations and developing empathy. Than just the correct way of writing or speaking.

In order, to learn this, students will have to live through these situations. Hence, a rudimentary speculation is needed. Students can make a fictional club of characters to imagine those characters in situations and navigate them. All the while, motivating the student to improve in real life. 


Suppose, a Literature book has 12 chapters. 

Choose 1 character from each of the 12 stories, to include in your Fictional club. 

Ask the students to specifiy:

1. Why this character from among the other characters?

- To make this decision interesting, provide additional content for that story, such as: WIkipedia, real life character biographies, alternate versions..

2. The challenges the Fictional Club will have to overcome to win the day!

 - Prepare an adventure, that the Fictional Club will undertake, such as:Helping out in society/Home/School or Making Learning Materials for peers


Assign specific skills to each character:So that they get bonus points, when accomplishing a particualr task in the real world. 


At the beginning of Academic session:

- A list of challenges will be decided.

- Bonus challenges can pop up monthly, due to specific/surprise circumstances.


At the end of each chapter, a pool of skills (pro/cons) of character will be discussed:

Students then take their picks from this validated pool.


- Lessons/Stories can be shared through YouTube.

- A proper guideline to discuss doubts through the comments.

- Google slides to discuss each skill/views on the character, and context for the skills to be presented by the student.


- The student can maintain a journal, mapping the challenges they have conquered, discussed or failing at. 


Overall, a narrative driven approach to learning life skills.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

The automated interactions that are pre-planned for each subject, kind of become rigid, impervious to changes. I wish for the system to be be more open-ended and enlisting more freedom and imagination. Guiding the players to play and make projects based on the inspiration provided by their teachers and guardians. Making the system flexible enough to recognise the different approach each student will require and not forcing mass indoctrination.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am exploring new avenues for learning. Currently, I am experimenting with narrative driven approach of learning. Philosophically, most of knowledge seeking has been done in form of stories, through out our history. A story is more memorable than a mere fact.

I want to understand why stories drive humans to such great extent. Children being the best original thinkers we have, I wanted to try out this approach with the people in this forum and see whether this idea is worthwhile or not. 

What region are you located in?

  • Southern Asia

Where are you located?

I am from Eastern India. I am based in a community that has been passing down stories from 3-4 millennia.

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